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Federal spending mandated by our major entitlement programs (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid) today comprises the majority of the federal budget and will bankrupt the United States absent imminent structural reforms.

Not only do these entitlement programs drain federal spending dollars, but they don’t do a particularly good job of delivering promised services and benefits. Social Security provides a shameful rate of return for most recipients, especially when compared with private sector alternatives.  And seniors and the poor are finding it increasingly difficult to find a doctor who will accept Medicare or Medicaid patients.

IPI has proposed specific, concrete solutions that would not only make these programs solvent and sustainable, but also deliver superior benefits. Entitlements should not be reformed solely for the benefit of the federal government, but also for the benefit of taxpayers and recipients.

July 2, 2014

We've Crossed The Tipping Point; Most Americans Now Receive Government Benefits


Obamacare has pushed us over the entitlements tipping point.

June 18, 2014

How does Congress punish the VA for incompetence, mismanagement and fraud? Double its budget


Apparently it’s good to delay veterans’ health care, fabricate medical records, cover up the fraud and harass whistleblowers—because Congress is rewarding such behavior.

June 3, 2014

Worried about Inequality? Then Focus on Helping the Poor, not Punishing the Rich


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Merrill Matthews of the Institute for Policy Innovation makes a powerful case for Social Security reform.

June 3, 2014

Congress Won't Drastically Change The VA Because Too Many Benefit From The Status Quo


At best, all Congress and the administration will likely do—if they do anything—is tweak around the edges.  

May 29, 2014

The Welsh welfare system is still broken


Despite government efforts to reform the welfare system, long-term unemployment remains chronic, and the current benefits structure may be causing more problems than it solves.

May 27, 2014

If Income Inequality Is Caused By The Lack Of Wealth, Then Help Workers Create Wealth


Replacing Social Security’s financially struggling system with personal retirement accounts would create real wealth for millions of working Americans.

April 21, 2014

Justice Scalia Gets It Wrong: Millennials Should Have Already Revolted


Given how much younger workers have to pay in taxes and how little they can expect to get back, the real question is why they didn’t revolt years ago.

March 14, 2014

If the Federal Government Is Going to Investigate Pyramid Schemes, it Should Start with Social Security


If the federal government really wants to go after pyramid schemes it ought to start with Social Security. That’s the biggest pyramid of them all.

March 2, 2014

Will MyRAs Succeed Where Others Have Failed?


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

What are MyRAs and are they likely to be any more successful than existing retirement vehicles in encouraging more people, particularly at the lower end of the income scale, to save for retirement?

January 31, 2014

Ten Steps for a Market-Oriented Health Care System


Congress is looking for health care reform steps to take to replace President Obama's Affordable Care Act. Here are 10 market-oriented steps that will help will go a long way toward increasing access, lowering costs and improving the quality of health care.

 

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